colonel mason r. dula

Col. Mason Dula official photo

Colonel Mason R. Dula is Commander of the Air Force Special Warfare Training Wing, Second Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Special Warfare Training Wing provides initial and advanced skills training for Air Force ground combat forces, administering 16 different training courses and managing Air Force participation in seven joint schools.  This training includes entry-level and apprentice courses for Special Tactics, Combat Rescue, Combat Control, Pararescue, Special Reconnaissance, and Tactical Air Control Party officer and enlisted specialties, as well as combat diving, basic airborne, military freefall, static-line jumpmaster, air traffic control, weather forecasting, and paramedic training.  The wing consists of two groups, seven squadrons, and twelve detachments across nine states.   

Commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy, Colonel Dula has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels.  He has led Special Tactics forces conducting nation-building and humanitarian operations in the Horn of Africa, and combat operations in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and RESOLUTE SUPPORT.      

EDUCATION:  
1998:  Bachelor of Science, United States Air Force Academy, CO 
2004:  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL 
2007:  Air Command and Staff College (DL), Maxwell AFB, AL 
2010:  Masters of Military History, Norwich University, VT 
2011:  Masters of Military Science, USMC Command & Staff College, Quantico, VA 
2012:  Air War College, (DL), Maxwell AFB, AL 
2012:  Masters of Operational Science, School of Advanced Warfighting, Quantico, VA 
2016:  Masters of National Security Strategy, National War College, Ft McNair, WDC 

ASSIGNMENTS: 
Aug 2020 – Present, Commander, Air Force Special Warfare Training Wing, Lackland AFB, TX Aug 2018 – Jul 2020, Commander, 724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Army Airfield, NC 
Jun 2017 – 2018, A3-Director, Air Forces Central Comand, Al Udied Air Base, Qatar 
Jun 2016 – Jun 2017, Action Officer, J-37 DDSO, Pentagon, Washington D.C. 
Jul 2015 – Jun 2016, Student, National War College, Ft McNair, WDC 
Jul 2014 – Jul 2015, Strategist, HAF/A3OK Checkmate, Pentagon, Washington D.C. 

Jun 2012 – Jun 2014, Commander, 23d Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Fld, FL 
Jul 2011 – Jun 2012, Student, USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, Quantico VA 
Jul 2010 – Jun 2011, Student, USMC Command & Staff College, Quantico VA 
Jul 2008 – Jul 2010, Director of Operations, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, NC 
May 2005 – Jul 2008, Flight Commander, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, NC 
Oct 2002 – Apr 2005, Flight Commander, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Fld, FL 
Sep 2000 – Oct 2002, Student, Combat Control Pipeline, Various 
Jun 1998 – Aug 2000, Asst. Sortie Gen. Flight Commander, 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:  
Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Meritorius Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Joint Service Commendation Medal 
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
Joint Service Achievement Medal 
Air Force Achievement Medal 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant      May 1998
First Lieutenant           May 2000
Captain                       May 2002 
Major                           Oct 2007
Lieutenant Colonel      Aug 2012
Colonel                        Apr 2018